UK Muslim demands shari’a-compliant sentence
Having found her guilty of obtaining money by deception, the court was looking to impose a punishment in the form of a ‘high level community order’ (community service).
But Dacorum Magistrates Court’s bench, chaired by Sandra Caldwell, was informed that because of Mrs Shah’s religious beliefs, the proposed community order ‘could cause difficulties’ if she had to work alongside men. She was perfectly content to work in an all-female environment, but insisted that her faith forbade her to work alongside men.
So devout is she to the cause of Allah, that she could not be punished in the same manner as other British citizens. No, she had to retain her purity and modesty.
One wonders if she only extracted monies from female employees of the benefits agency, or permits herself to be served only by female employees of the post office.
Her defence lawyer, one Mr Bashir, informed the court that Mrs Shah is a pillar of
What a role model she must be.
This, he insisted, along with her ‘religious objections’ to community service, meant that his client deserves a conditional discharge.
But a report into her crime also recommended a curfew, yet the court was told that this was ‘not appropriate’ with the Muslim festival of Ramadan approaching.
Mr Bashir said there would be night-time activities in the local mosque that she would miss out on. And so devout is she, that to miss out on these revels would cause her irreparable spiritual damage.
A few professing Christians ought to try this one on the approach to Christmas: ‘You can’t put me in prison – it will ruin my enjoyment of the Turkey and I’ll miss the Dr Who special (not to mention the "night-time activities")’.
But the chairman of the bench was having none of this nonsense, and sentenced Mrs Shah to a 12-month community order with 120 hours unpaid work, and awarded prosecution costs of £550.
Does Mrs Shah not realise that in certain Islamic countries she could have lost a hand and even her life for the crime she committed? And here she is professing her absolute devotion to her god and insisting that British courts respect her pious hyper-sensitivities.
To his credit, Rashid Choudhrey, one of the trustees of the Watford Mosque, said that he knew nothing in the Islamic faith to prevent Mrs Shah carrying out unpaid work alongside men: “Islam does not forbid her. My understanding is that if you commit a crime, you take the punishment,” he said. “If you are that religious you should not commit the crime anyway. If you are that God fearing, why would you want to take money away from other people that need it?”
And on the curfew, he said that it would have been ‘an ideal sentence’ as Ramadan ‘like being on a curfew anyway’.
It is good to know that there are anti-dhimmi magistrates and mosque leaders who are prepared to dismiss this politically-correct and culturally-alien nonsense. That there is one law in England & Wales, and that all citizens are equal before the law, are cornerstones of the British Constitution. If Mrs Shah is not happy with this, Cranmer is happy to pay for her plane ticket to a land which she may find more culturally conducive to her demands.